Fisheries (Central Area Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986

Reprint as at 1 October 2020

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Fisheries (Central Area Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986

(SR 1986/217)

Paul Reeves, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 2nd day of September 1986

The Right Hon G W R Palmer presiding in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to section 89 of the Fisheries Act 1983, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
3All fishing methods prohibited in certain waters
3AMinimum set net mesh size
4Trawling and Danish seining prohibited
5Pair trawling prohibited from Cape Runaway to Castlepoint
6Trawling prohibited in certain waters
6ATrawling by vessels over 46 m long prohibited in certain waters
6BTrawling prohibited in certain seamount areas
6CTrawling prohibited from Tirua Point to Waiwhakaiho River
7Danish seining prohibited around lower North Island
7ASet netting prohibited in shallow waters
7BSet net soak time
7CSet netting prohibited within 2 miles of Cape Runaway coast
7DSet netting prohibited in defined waters
8Set netting prohibited near Mahia Peninsula and Portland Island
9Netting prohibited in Wellington Harbour
9ACertain fishing prohibited in Porirua Harbour
9BAll fishing methods except hand-held line prohibited within Pukerua Bay
10Taking paua and mussels prohibited from Cape Runaway to Blackhead Lighthouse
11Taking of finfish from Wairoa Hard prohibited
12Shellfish prohibitions
13Taking of kina prohibited in Wellington area
13ATaking seaweed prohibited in certain areas
14Restrictions on fishing around Sugar Loaf Islands
14ATargeting of certain fish, aquatic life, and seaweed prohibited, unless specially authorised [Revoked]
14AAFish, aquatic life, and seaweed that may be taken subject to competitive or individual quotas, method restrictions, etc [Revoked]
14BKina season and quotas
14CSea cucumber season and quotas [Revoked]
14DTaking of certain paddle crabs prohibited
14ERestriction on method of fishing for octopus or hagfish
14FSeason and quotas for anchovy, garfish, pilchards, and sprats [Revoked]
14GRestrictions on use of nets and dredges [Revoked]
14HRestriction on method of taking seaweed
14ITaking eels from waters of national parks prohibited
14JClosed season for rock lobster [Revoked]
14KSpecial provisions relating to male spiny rock lobster
14LMethod of measurement of male spiny rock lobster tail
14MProcessing and sale of quota management area CRA3 male spiny rock lobster
15Taking of eels prohibited [Revoked]
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